Where'd the Chivas fans go?
2/25/2011 2:37:00 PM
If the background wasn't enough to figure it out, I am a Chivas fan, and currently it seems that enough of us can't get Estadio Omnilife filled up right now. As you can tell by my background, the stadium is amazing when sold out, an intimidating venue for anyone! But now I watch the games on TV, have for over ten years, and as far as I can remember I never saw Estadio Jalisco so empty like Omnilife is. I began to wonder why the fans were so angry with the team and began to think of possible reasons. Traffic? No more Chicharo? Money? Bad Performance by the team?
One of the answers is money. The fans are upset at the ticket prices and are protesting against the owner. Tickets are going for 300 pesos right now in the upper deck, which is roughly 25 US dollars, and that is for a game against an 'unpopular' Mexican team. When Mexico played Ecuador at Omnilife last year, the owner jacked up the prices, and wouldn't you know it, stadium was empty. Have to say, if I lived in Guadalajara I would protest and watch it on my TV for free as well. This is why the stadium is only getting 18 thousand fans a game. A game against Pumas only got 22 thousand, stadium sits 45! That game always sold out at Jalisco, a much bigger stadium. Beer prices at the game are about 100 pesos, about 10 US dollars, add in the cost of parking, gas and you're going to spend a lot of money at these games. Keep in mind that ten dollars doesn't sound like much, but these are working class people, not all of them are rolling around in money.
Answer number 2, traffic. The stadium is outside the city, the buses only take you close enough to walk, which is a good 30 mins, because the outside of the stadium is not finished. There is only one way in, and one way out of the stadium which means the traffic is backed up for miles. When I go to a game I don't want to sit in traffic for an hour before I even get in the stadium, a brand new stadium in a great area should have better access for the fans, not leave them sitting outside.
Losing Chicharito to Manchester United did hurt the clubs 'appeal' but the other players are very worthy. Chivas youth system is probably the best in Mexico, and they are starting to perform very well after a bad Apertura last year. It took some time for them to develop but they are starting to come around very well. Hopefully the Chivas fans start to fill the stadium up again because the most popular team in Mexico, and the US for that matter, deserves to play in front of a sold out crowd every game.